One of Australia’s foremost property developers, Ross Pelligra, addressed the Geelong Manufacturing Council AGM last night. Mr Pelligra, Chairman of Pelligra Group, acknowledged Geelong’s strength in manufacturing as he called for innovative, growing “next millennium” manufacturing businesses to investigate Fortek, the former Ford manufacturing site. Pelligra Group was announced as the successful bidder for the North Geelong site in May this year.
Mr Pelligra detailed the vision for the site, described as Victoria’s next hub for business innovation, community development, and urban renewal. Plans include a significant investment in renewable energy infrastructure, flexible spaces and a genuine focus on working with clients to assist their growth.
Businesses that are committed to a low carbon footprint will be attracted to this flexible and well situated facility with close road, rail and port infrastructure. In addition to local manufacturers, Pelligra is keen to attract businesses from Melbourne’s west, where existing properties with this important infrastructure are difficult to come by.
Mr Pelligra applauded Geelong Manufacturing Council for its attitude and committed approach to supporting and growing manufacturing, which he hasn’t seen to such an extent elsewhere in Australia.
Geelong Manufacturing Council CEO, David Peart said, “This is an incredible opportunity for Geelong to grow our advanced manufacturing sector. We are very pleased to be working with Pelligra, who has joined forces with the Geelong Manufacturing Council to facilitate growth of manufacturing in the region.”
“This site, with its existing services and infrastructure, offers an excellent opportunity for businesses to quickly establish and grow,” he said.
Lyn George, who was elected for her second term as GMC Chair, commended Pelligra on their excellent vision for the site and vote of confidence in manufacturing in the region.
Pelligra has a significant history in redeveloping similar sites, with the former Holden plant in Adelaide, Lionsgate, now at 85% occupancy and soon to be generating more jobs than in the Holden days.
The Geelong Manufacturing Council also welcomed new Director, Peter Dale. Peter has a long history as CEO of Volgren, Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame winners. Volgren recently produced their 5,000th bus at their facility in Dandenong. Other Directors were re-elected unopposed.